Sitting in Bento’s at lunchtime on Monday, surrounded by brown bag lunches and smiles, I was told no, there was nothing wrong with the un-spring like March conditions. The conditions were great. As the conversation went on, I began to realize it would probably take quite a lot to dampen this group’s ski spirit. Three days a week since 1994, the Sun Peaks Antiques have met to ski and socialize throughout the winter season. This club only has members; no presidents or treasurers, and their unwritten mandate seems simply to enjoy the mountain.After their first “Last Supper” gathering this group of local seniors decided on a name and designed their crest , which you can see hanging above their corner in Bento’s Day Lodge. The sign mysteriously appeared at the beginning of this season and was eventually traced to a Ken Hammel of Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.Lunchtime!Organizer Flo and her husband, BillGood humor regarding their age pervades the talk over lunch. Apparently, flat light doesn’t really matter when you can’t see anymore anyway. The active group ranges from 55 years to 85 years old, although there are over 90 members on paper, many who fall outside both sides of the range. In fact, anyone can be member regardless of their age or geographical home. The retro sew-on crests can be purchased from organizer Flo and you are in. Crests can be seen sported by many locals and also on visitors who have returned to their homes in the UK, Australia or New Zealand.There was no magical answer when I pried for their secret of eternal energy. By all accounts, it was just important to stay active and enjoy life one day at a time. With that, we were off to top of the mountain.
Checking the conditions up topIt was a bit grey but the snow was great. Spring temperatures and calm wind made for nice Crystal conditions and the majority of the club stayed here for their several runs after lunch. My group of gentlemen skiers kept me speeding though the bowl and back to the chair to do it again.A bit of blue sky says helloGo Flo!Members can be found all over the mountain on any given day, as there are people who fall into all ability groups. Some have slowed down because of injuries or illness but everyone still enjoys getting out in fresh air. People join by learning of the club by word of mouth. During candid chairlift chats, I found a love of skiing was the binding factor, as many hailed from diverse backgrounds and locations. A mainly social club, one the best benefits is always having someone to share the slopes with and a way to spend an otherwise restrictive winter season.Trying to soak up as much mountain wisdom I could, I found their advice to be tested and true. Flo said not to wait for good weather, but get up there and ski anyway. As her pass might clock more days than mine this season, it seemed like a good adage. Also, if you have questions about prescription goggles, these guys will probably be able to send you in the right direction.My afternoon with them seemed very similar to one with my own friends, looking for the best spot for the conditions and having a good laugh or two on the chair. Thanks to the Sun Peaks Antiques for a great afternoon on the hill! It was inspiring to see people doing what they love. I know if I’m in my 80’s, spending Mondays doing Crystal laps, I’ll be a pretty happy camper.See you out there!Brandi
LOVE TO SEE THE YOUNG PEOPLE ENJOYING THEMSELVES AND AT 61 QUALIFY AS A MEMBER AND HOPE TO KICK SOME ERDERLY BOTTOMS IN FEB/MARCH (PROBABLY MY OWN). WHY IS NO-ONE WEARING THE ONE-PIECE SUIT? I SHALL BE REINTRODUCING THE CLASSIC THIS YEAR AND DESPITE TOILETING RESTRICTIONS ARE INFINATLY SUPERIOR TO THE PANT/PARKER COMBO. CHEERS EVERYONE AND TIPS UP. OLD DOG.
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